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Past Years' Accomplishments

Bronco Scholar

STEP efforts have helped to develop Bronco Scholar, an electronic repository that provides persistent and reliable access to scholarly and createve materials of CPP faculty and students across all disciplines. CPP's institutionalized electronic repository

    • Supports instruction, research, scholarships, and creative activities of those associated with CPP,
    • Benefits CPP faculty and students by providing public access to their work, giving them access to scholarly work created by their peers and mentors, and connecting those with similar academic interests, and
    • Permanently stores scholarly and creative materials of CPP faculty and students, including instructional materials developed during the STEP program design activity period.

Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR)

The STEP PI was recently awarded funding from the Chancellor's Office to establish the Office of Undergraduate Research, a physical space on campus where students can go to receive information about scholarships, grants, conferences, and research-related opportunities on- and off-campus. In addition, OUR

    • Hosts workshops that aim to help students develp their research-related skills and inform them about student resources on-campus,
    • Helps students develop professional skills and build a portfolio,
    • Connects students with faculty who have similar research interests, and
    • Supports and offers quarterly workshops to help students prepare for graduate education.

Physics

The physics enhancement team (Dr. Hoeling and Dr. Siegel) worked to enhance the general physics lecture and develop new laboratory experiences for the course. The survey of the piloted course showed that

    • 90% of students indicated that the homework study groups were useful for their learning,
    • 87% of student reported that meeting and having classmates both in lecture and lab helped them to get to know them better than if they had met them only in lecture or only in lab, and
    • 71% of student said that knowing their classmates (both lecture and lab) helped them succeed in this class.

Chemistry

The chemistry enhancement team has piloted the use of the ALEKS preparation assignment with positive results and is continuing the practice. Future updates to the Chemistry website will include ALEKS instructions and student notifiations for Spring 2013.

Apprenticeship

The apprenticeship team developed and piloted a “Concept Lab” experience that worked as both apprenticeships and a means of offering supplemental instruction. The survey of student participants in the concepts labs agreed that the concept lab experience helped their conceptual understanding of material in the course and found the concept labs to be “very useful”. Students who took on the role of CL Leaders were able to develop new skills while strengthening their content understanding, as well as gain a greater appreciation for teaching thus seeing teaching as an additional possible career choice. Weekly meetings with the course instructor resulted in more advising and discussions of graduate school and research, career, and scholarship recommendations. Additonally, the apprenticeship team has:

    • Gained approved funding from the Kellogg Legacy Endowment to fund research supplies to faculty members who involve undergraduate students in their research
    • Started an assessment of the impact of undergraduate research at CPP
    • Established the First annual CPP Student Research Conference on March 1, 2013
    • Hosted the CSU-wide Research Competition in May 2013
    • Hosted and mentored Citrus College students during their summer undergraduate research experience,
    • Included CPP as an active participant in the CSU-CUR workshops to advance undergraduate research on campus
    • Created a new Academic Senate committee - URFAC (Undergraduate Research Faculty Advisory Committee), of which Dr. Winny Dong is chair
    • Made working with the Engineering and Science Deans' offices a priority in order to make sure STEM undergraduate research is something they are raising money for in their capital campaigns

First Year Experience

Students who participated in the First Year Experience courses felt the assignments enabled them to more clearly define their career goal and learn more about career options. Our First Year Experience committee continues to identify and share best practices among colleges. The exchange of ideas during the past year resulted in some faculty in the College of Science having students work together on projects, such as designing ways to make greener fuel using ideas from the PETRO (Plants Engineered To Replace Oil) program.

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